The Oscars Add "Popular Film" Category And Social Media Goes Nuts

Joann Johnston
August 13, 2018

Organisers of the Oscars - under fire for plummeting ratings and accused of elitism - on Wednesday announced the creation of a new category to honor top blockbusters and said they would shorten the ceremony to attract more viewers. "We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world". Recently, the organizers of the award announced a new category in which the films will contest in the film Best Popular Film Category. Awards will go during the commercial breaks, and the most interesting moments then give the broadcast in the record.

- A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film. The Academy already has the Best Picture category. It would likely mean that big-budget crowd-pleasers, even ones as successful and critically acclaimed as "Black Panther", would never be considered for Best Picture.

Mr. Harris wrote on Twitter that while the academy might dismiss public reaction to the changes, the organization has broadened and diversified its membership in recent years and might find less support than they expect internally. Including past winners that are blockbuster films like Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. It could also free the academy from having to acknowledge superhero movies, and other films its traditionally shunned, as contenders for Best Picture. Not to be confused with the "Best Picture" award, the additional category is causing quite the uproar on social media.

In 2009, it expanded the number of best picture nominees from five to 10 in a bid to open up the competition.

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"Instead, it should be working to take off its blinders and make more room in the big tent for every movie that comes out".

Critics say it creates a "separate but equal" category for overlooked but popular minority-led films like "Black Panther" and "Wonder Woman" by offering them consolation prizes to bring in more viewers and improve ratings.

Race issues have overshadowed the Oscars for years. This year's ceremony took place on March 9, 2018.

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